Dish Towel Apron

Although she’s so cute, you could probably eat her, this is not a recipe…
This is the first of my Crafty Kitchen Tutorials!
Dish Towel Apron Tutorial

A Children’s Dish Towel Apron!

I thought I would start off simple… {you probably already have what you need to make this one!}
All you need is a dish towel, some 1 inch ribbon, and a sewing machine.
And check.
Start off by opening the dish towel flat. My towel {and most are} is 18″ wide x 28″ long.
Then from the top, measure down 6 inches and draw a straight line {width-wise} from one side to the other.

From the edge of the towel, fold it behind itself about 1 1/2 inches. Sew a straight line from the top of the towel to the line you drew 6 inches down. {be sure to back stitch at the bottom}

Leave a 1/2 inch allowance on all the lines.














Fold the towel behind itself again, and sew another straight line down.

Are you following me?

You can use pins if you need to hold the towel in place {I’m just lazy}.














Just keep repeating this till you reach the other side of the towel.














When you’re done, it should look like this on the back…














…and like this on the front.

On to the pockets! {what’s an apron without pockets?}














Fold the bottom of the towel on top of itself, 6 inches up.

Draw lines 6 inches in from each side to make 3 pockets. Sew the edges, and drawn lines together.

Easy peasy…

Next grab your ribbon and cut it to the length of the top of the apron {plus a little extra just in case}. Mine was 8 inches.










Pin the bottom half of the ribbon to the back side of the apron. Fold the pleats away from each other starting at the center {this helps it to lay flatter}.














Sew in place with a zig-zag stitch.

Turn the apron over.














Now you are looking at the front of the apron. Fold the other half of the ribbon over and pin in place.














Sew a straight {or in my case semi-straight} line.

Use a lighter to burn the edges of your ribbon to prevent it from fraying.














Cut two pieces of ribbon for the neck straps. Mine were 13 inches long.

Fold under the end of the ribbon, and sew in place at the top corner of the apron.














Repeat for the other side.














Lastly, cut two more pieces of ribbon for the side straps. Mine were 20 inches long.

Measure 9 1/2 inches up from the bottom, attach with a pin and sew in place.

Repeat for the other side.

Your little chef will be ready to help in no time!
Not to mention very stylish!

Watch out, she’s ready to do your dirty work!

This is Girl #1 {age rank…not love rank}, she’s my big helper. I made an apron for Boy #1 too, but he was not “in the mood.”

However…. Girl #2 is always willing to help out!














I hope that was easy to follow!

Let me know if you need me to clarify anything for ya!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  2. erin, maker of chimes

    I'm a little late in admiring your work, but I found it on Pinterest today. Very creative! Can't wait to try it myself 🙂

  3. amber

    am going to walmart tomorrow to get some towels to make these for my grandkids (hopefully i can find a "boyish" enough towel to make for robert too). thanks for all your ideas!!!!

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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